Somalia: Al-Shabaab operative arrested in Mogadishu

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MOGADISHU — Somali security forces have arrested a suspected Al-Shabaab operative, following joint operation in north of Mogadishu capital.

Somali Intelligence Agency’s Twitter feed said, the suspected operative was captured in the city’s Hiliwaa district.

The Agency did not mention the name and position in which he was in charge of Al Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab group.

There was no immediate comment from the group over the claims.

The Agency’s remarks comes after the group claimed to have overrun army bases manned by government soldiers in Hiliwaa.

Al-Shabaab has been in decline since 2011 but still launches regular, deadly attacks against government, military and civilian targets in the capital and elsewhere.

The group is battling the Western-backed Somali government to establish Islamic rule in the country.

The Somali forces fighting the group have been backed by an African Union mission made up of forces from several African nations.

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